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It’s clearly been a big week for Marvel. Not only has Marvel Studios released a slew of new release dates for The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Captain Marvel 2 and Thor: Love and Thunder, but they’ve also revealed some of the plans for Black Panther 2.

Following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman, there’s been speculation that his starring role may be recast. Now, Marvel Studios has revealed whether or not T’Challa will be portrayed by a new actor.

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Back in August, Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. Shortly after, speculation emerged that his role as T’Challa in Black Panther may be recast. However, over the past few months, Marvel Studios and Disney have remained quiet.

Then, last month, the companies celebrated what would’ve been Boseman’s 44th birthday with a reworked version of Black Panther‘s opening credits. The touching tribute was a reminder to all that Boseman’s legacy and portrayal in Black Panther will never be forgotten.

Now, Marvel Studios has finally revealed some of the plans in motion for Black Panther 2. During a presentation at Disney Investor Day, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Boseman’s role will not be recast.

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“[Boseman’s] portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past, and it’s for that reason, that we will not recast the character,” Feige said. “However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

Some theorize that Letitia Wright’s Shuri will become the new Black Panther as this storyline is played out in the comics. However, nothing has been confirmed yet. Additionally, Wright received some backlash this month after she seemingly tweeted in support of the anti-vax movement surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

Black Panther 2 is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022 and will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler.

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In other MCU news, well, there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on. This week, Marvel decided to surprise its fandom with a slew of major announcements. To start, Disney+s WandaVision is officially arriving on Jan. 15, 2021. Fans recently got a new glimpse of the upcoming series with an official trailer.

As well, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is officially premiering on Disney+ starting Mar. 19, 2021. The series was originally slated to air back in August. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, production didn’t resume until this fall.

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Marvel Studios has also announced three new original series. Loki is arriving on Disney+ in May 2021 while fans can expect to see WHAT IF…? on the streaming platform sometime next summer. As well, Ms. Marvel is slated to arrive in late 2021.

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Production for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has officially wrapped. Fans can anticipate seeing the highly-awaited film in theaters on July 9, 2021.

Captain Marvel 2 finally has a release date. The Nia DaCosta-directed film starring Brie Larson officially arrives in theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.

Although She-Hulk does not have a release date yet, Marvel did confirm that Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Walters and Tim Roth are appearing in the upcoming Disney+ series.

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Additionally, Marvel has four more original series arriving in the future – Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, Ironheart and Armor Wars. Samuel L. Jackson is reprising his role as Nick Fury in the Secret Invasion series while Don Cheadle is back as War Machine for Armor Wars.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy fans will be excited about this new announcement. In 2022, the James Gunn-directed The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be airing on Disney+. As well, Groot is getting its own series on the platform.

And, finally, Marvel Studios has confirmed that Christian Bale has joined the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder. The highly-anticipated film is slated to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022.

Are you glad Marvel is not recasting Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther role? Which Marvel Studios project are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.